UMass Minutemen ice hockey

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UMass Minutemen ice hockey
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University University of Massachusetts Amherst
Conference Hockey East
First season 1908–09
Head coach Greg Carvel
4th season, 53594 (.474)
Captain(s)Niko Hildenbrand (C)
Mitchell Chaffee (C)
Jake McLaughlin (A)
Arena Mullins Center
Capacity: 8,387
Location Amherst, Massachusetts
Student sectionThe Militia
ColorsMaroon and White [1]
NCAA Tournament Runner-up
NCAA Tournament Frozen Four
NCAA Tournament appearances
2007, 2019
Conference Tournament championships
ECAC 2  : 1972
Conference regular season championships
Hockey East: 2019

The UMass Minutemen Ice Hockey team is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I men's college ice hockey program that represents the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The Minutemen are a member of Hockey East. They play at the 8,387-seat William D. Mullins Memorial Center (known as the Mullins Center) in Amherst, Massachusetts. [2]



Pond history

The centrally located pond on the UMass campus was once used for multiple purposes. In the winter students and faculty would cut out blocks of ice to use for refrigeration and annual tug-of-war games between sophomores and freshmen were hosted during the spring months. In 1909 the first formal ice hockey team began playing on the pond as well. [3] UMass fielded one of the earliest non-ivy league programs, playing continually until poor weather conditions and a lack of funding caused the team to cease in 1939. The Minutemen were able to return to the ice after the war but couldn't play at home until 1954.

The lack of a home venue caused the team to suffer through a stretch where they won only 2 games over a 7-year period. Eventually the pond became usable again and UMass were able to play home games with new head coach Steve Kosakowski. The Minutemen performed decently in his 13 seasons and were among 28 teams to found ECAC Hockey. In 1964 the ECAC split into two divisions and any program that did not possess a dedicated indoor arena was placed in ECAC 2. UMass continued with the second-tier conference for 15 years and achieved their greatest success in 1972 under Jack Canniff, winning the conference tournament title.

By the end of the 1970s using the pond as a rink had become untenable and when no alternatives surfaced the program was shuttered.

Return to the Ice

When the Mullins Center opened in 1993 it was designed as a multi-purpose arena and allowed for the university to rekindle its ice hockey program. The men's team started the same year and hit the ice as a Division I independent. With 20 wins in the first season under Joe Mallen, there was hope that the Minutemen could compete in Hockey East. However, once they began a tougher schedule in 1994–95, the team lost a then-school-record 28 games. Though the team rarely finished last in the conference under Mallen, there were very few gains and he was replaced by Don Cahoon in 2000.

Under Cahoon the team began to improve, posting a winning season in 2003 and reaching the conference championship game the following year. His greatest success came after recruiting Jonathan Quick, who helped UMass to reach their first ever NCAA Tournament in 2007. Cahoon couldn't keep the success going, however, and after being knocked off in five consecutive conference quarterfinals he retired in 2012.

John Micheletto was tabbed as Cahoon's successor and after a decent first season the team slid down the standing and bottomed out for two consecutive seasons. After the second last-place finish Micheletto was fired and replaced by St. Lawrence head coach Greg Carvel. [4]

Greg Carvel era (2016–Present)

In Carvel's first season the team reached a nadir; the Minutemen set a new program record for futility, losing 29 games. Carvel led the team to a much-improved finish in his second season and then team took off in year three. The Minutemen reached their first ever Frozen Four and a birth in the 2019 NCAA Division I National Championship in which the Minutemen ultimately lost to Minnesota-Duluth 3-0. Though the year ended on a sour note, the team posted a new program record for wins (31) while Cale Makar won the school's first Hobey Baker Award.

Season-by-season results [5]

Records vs. Current Hockey East Teams

As of the completion of 2018–19 season [6]

SchoolTeamAway ArenaOverall RecordWin %Last Result
Boston College Eagles Conte Forum 15–64–4.2050-3 L
Boston University Terriers Agganis Arena 13–62–7.2014-2 W
University of Connecticut Huskies XL Center 38–14–3.7183-4 L
University of Maine Black Bears Alfond Arena 23–57–9.3096-0 W
University of Massachusetts Lowell River Hawks Tsongas Center 28–48–7.3800-2 L
Merrimack College Warriors J. Thom Lawler Rink 44–42–7.5114-2 W
University of New Hampshire Wildcats Whittemore Center 25–89–11.2446-0 W
Northeastern University Huskies Matthews Arena 29–55–10.3621-2 L
Providence College Providence Schneider Arena 27–49–6.3662-3 L
University of Vermont Catamounts Gutterson Fieldhouse 25–44–8.3775-1 W

Coaches and support staff

Current as of November, 2018. [7]

2018-2019 Staff
Greg CarvelHead Coach
Ben BarrAssociate Head Coach
Jared DeMichiel Assistant Coach
Ryan MahanDirector of Hockey Operations
TJ SynerVolunteer Assistant Coach
Marc PaquetAthletic Trainer
Clayton KirvenStrength & Conditioning
Josh PennHead of Equipment

Head Coach History

As of the completion of 2018–19 season [6]

1908–1917No Coach939–27–3.587
1917–1922 Elton J. Mansell 518–13–3.574
1922–1923 Herbert Collins 13–4–2.444
1923–1924 Howard R. Gordon 13–6–0.333
1924–1939 Lorin Ball 1547–62–7.435
1947–1949 Thomas Filmore 20–5–0.000
1949–1950 Walter Fitzgerald 12–3–2.429
1950–1951 Bill Needham 10–7–0.000
1953–1954 Mel Massucco 10–9–1.050
1954–1967 Steve Kosakowski 1373–118–4.385
1967–1979 Jack Canniff 12120–140–8.463
1993–2000 Joe Mallen 777–144–18.360
2000–2012 Don Cahoon 12166–229–42.428
2012–2016 John Micheletto 439–88–13.325
2016–Present Greg Carvel 353–59–4.474
Totals14 coaches87 seasons640–914–107.418

Statistical Leaders [6]

Career points leaders

Pat Keenan 1970–19736610575180
Rob Bonneau 1993–19971317294166
Warren Norris 1993–19971327381154
James Marcou 2007–20101113496130
Stephen Werner 2002–20061435066116
Michael Pereira 2010–20141355354107
Tim Turner 1999–20031344760107
John Leonard 2017–20201045649105
Conor Sheary 2010–20141383866104
Cory Quirk 2005–20091504360103
John Edwards 1969–19724557102
William Harris 1972–19763567102
Thomas Pöck 2000–20041304458102

† - active

Career Goaltending Leaders

GP = Games played; Min = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average

Minimum 1000 minutes played

Matt Murray 2017–Present512910291721165.9152.39
Jonathan Quick 2005–2007543129232261253.9262.40
Paul Dainton 2007–201112370424561123272.9082.78
Gabe Winer 2002–200611767255052103175.8912.83
Kevin Boyle 2011–2013412325161761111.8962.86

Statistics current through the start of the 2019-20 season.

Current roster

As of September 7, 2019. [8]

No. S/P/CPlayerClassPosHeightWeightDoBHometownPrevious teamNHL rights
2 Flag of New Jersey.svg Marc Del GaizoSophomore D 5' 10" (1.78 m)190 lb (86 kg)1999-10-11 Basking Ridge, New Jersey Muskegon  ( USHL ) NSH , 109th overall  2019
3 Flag of Missouri.svg Ty FarmerSophomore D 5' 11" (1.8 m)177 lb (80 kg)1998-01-06 O'Fallon, Missouri Fargo  ( USHL )
4 Flag of Michigan.svg Matthew KesselFreshman D 6' 3" (1.91 m)192 lb (87 kg)2000-06-23 Bloomfield Hills, Michigan Sioux Falls  ( USHL )
6 Flag of Massachusetts.svg Kolby VegaraSophomore D 6' 1" (1.85 m)196 lb (89 kg)1997-07-15 Malden, Massachusetts Philadelphia  ( NAHL )
7 Flag of Michigan.svg Calen KiefiukFreshman F 5' 10" (1.78 m)187 lb (85 kg)2000-02-28 Macomb, Michigan Central Illinois  ( USHL )
8 Flag of New York.svg Bobby TrivignoSophomore F 5' 8" (1.73 m)152 lb (69 kg)1999-01-19 Setauket, New York Waterloo  ( USHL )
9 Flag of Massachusetts.svg John LeonardJunior F 5' 11" (1.8 m)194 lb (88 kg)1998-08-07 Amherst, Massachusetts Green Bay  ( USHL ) SJS , 182nd overall  2018
10 Flag of Nebraska.svg Jack SuterSenior F 6' 0" (1.83 m)169 lb (77 kg)1995-04-19 Omaha, Nebraska Sioux Falls  ( USHL )
11 Flag of Michigan.svg Bobby KaiserSophomore F 6' 2" (1.88 m)192 lb (87 kg)1997-05-09 Grosse Pointe, Michigan Muskegon  ( USHL )
12 Flag of New Jersey.svg Anthony Del GaizoSophomore F 5' 10" (1.78 m)200 lb (91 kg)1998-01-31 Basking Ridge, New Jersey Muskegon  ( USHL )
13 Flag of Michigan.svg Reed LebsterFreshman F 6' 0" (1.83 m)179 lb (81 kg)1999-03-04 Grand Rapids, Michigan Des Moines  ( USHL )
14 Flag of Michigan.svg Jeremy DavidsonFreshman F 5' 10" (1.78 m)174 lb (79 kg)2000-02-28 Kalamazoo, Michigan Fargo  ( USHL )
15 Flag of Ontario.svg Marco BozzoJunior F 5' 10" (1.78 m)175 lb (79 kg)1996-11-22 Woodbridge, Ontario Newmarket  ( OJHL )
17 Flag of Ontario.svg Philip LagunovJunior F 6' 0" (1.83 m)185 lb (84 kg)1998-11-22 Hamilton, Ontario Burlington  ( OJHL )
18 Flag of Ontario.svg Jake GaudetJunior F 6' 2" (1.88 m)200 lb (91 kg)1996-06-18 Ottawa, Ontario Kemptville  ( CCHL )
19 Flag of California.svg Niko Hildenbrand ( C )Senior F 5' 10" (1.78 m)182 lb (83 kg)1995-08-18 Vacaville, California Fargo  ( USHL )
20 Flag of Ontario.svg Oliver ChauJunior F 5' 9" (1.75 m)165 lb (75 kg)1997-08-21 Oakville, Ontario Brooks  ( AJHL )
21 Flag of Michigan.svg Mitchell Chaffee ( C )Junior F 6' 0" (1.83 m)208 lb (94 kg)1998-01-26 Rockford, Michigan Fargo  ( USHL )
22 Flag of Ontario.svg Peyton ReevesFreshman F 6' 2" (1.88 m)187 lb (85 kg)1998-08-22 Toronto, Ontario Oakville  ( OJHL )
23 Flag of Ontario.svg Gianfranco CassaroFreshman D 5' 11" (1.8 m)185 lb (84 kg)1999-03-30 Nobleton, Ontario Youngstown  ( USHL )
24 Flag of Virginia.svg Zac JonesFreshman D 5' 10" (1.78 m)176 lb (80 kg)2000-10-18 Glen Allen, Virginia Tri-City  ( USHL ) NYR , 68th overall  2019
26 Flag of New Jersey.svg Colin FelixSophomore D 6' 1" (1.85 m)195 lb (88 kg)1999-01-07 Ocean City, New Jersey Madison  ( USHL )
27 Flag of Illinois.svg Jake McLaughlinSenior D 6' 2" (1.88 m)192 lb (87 kg)1996-03-26 Hinsdale, Illinois Fargo  ( USHL )
28 Flag of Ontario.svg Eric FaithFreshman F 5' 11" (1.8 m)170 lb (77 kg)1998-04-18 Carp, Ontario Brockville  ( CCHL )
29 Flag of Florida.svg George MikaJunior F 5' 11" (1.8 m)184 lb (83 kg)1996-10-19 Naples, Florida Amarillo  ( NAHL )
31 Flag of Alberta.svg Matt MurrayJunior G 6' 1" (1.85 m)196 lb (89 kg)1998-02-02 St. Albert, Alberta Fargo  ( USHL )
32 Flag of New York.svg Alex CamarreFreshman G 5' 8" (1.73 m)165 lb (75 kg)1998-11-04 North Tonawanda, New York Odessa  ( NAHL )
35 Flag of Finland.svg Filip LindbergSophomore G 6' 1" (1.85 m)188 lb (85 kg)1999-01-31 Espoo, Finland TUTO U20 (Nuorten SM-liiga) MIN , 197th overall  2019

The Longest Game

On March 6, 2015, UMass faced Notre Dame in Game 1 of the Opening Round of the 2015 Hockey East Men's Ice Hockey Tournament, played at Compton Family Ice Arena at Notre Dame. Early into the game, Sam Herr gave Notre Dame the lead on a rebounded shot. Vince Hinostroza made it 2–0 midway through the second period. But the Minutmen responded two minutes later with a power play goal by Steven Iacobellis. Notre Dame responded three minutes later with a Steven Fogarty goal to make it 3–1. UMass made it 3–2 a minute later with a goal by Shane Walsh. With two seconds remaining in the period, Troy Power tipped a power play goal to tie the game as the second period (a period that had five goals in total) ended. The third period ended with no goals, as the two teams went into overtime. The two teams repeatedly failed to score, with UMass shooting a record 91 times and Notre Dame shooting 78 times. With 8:18 left in the fifth overtime and at 1:24 a.m. ET, Shane Walsh scored the game-winning goal to end the longest Division I hockey game which had lasted 151 minutes, 42 seconds, besting the previous record of 150:22, set by Quinnipiac and Union in 2010. [9]

Steve Mastalerz finished the night with 75 saves for UMass while Cal Petersen of Notre Dame made 87 saves, setting a new NCAA record. It was UMass' first win at the Tournament since March 13, 2009 at Northeastern.

Awards and honors

Minutemen in the NHL [10]

= NHL All-Star Team = NHL All-Star [11] = NHL All-Star [11] and NHL All-Star Team = Hall of Famers

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